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Trade wars and human rights violations

The world’s eyes are fixated on Myanmar. Numerous online petitions have been set up among the international community to voice concerns for the Rohingya Muslims. At the same time, there are also online campaigns being run by people in Myanmar speaking out against the international media’s reports about the...

US-ASEAN Forum shows the need for concrete plans on economic integration and human rights

Last week in Jakarta, the US-ASEAN Partnership Forum brought policy experts, young leaders, and ASEAN and government representatives together to discuss the future of US-ASEAN relations. The forum focused on shared challenges, economic integration, development, and generating policy recommendations for both ASEAN and the US. The event was organized by...

Joint statement of the 22nd EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January...

Asean needs leadership in 2019

The high chance that Thailand's general election will be postponed from Feb 24 is disappointing news to me. Hopes that poll-related activities will brighten the gloomy economic picture are fading and uncertainties are mounting about the country's return to democracy, long a concern of outsiders. The delay also bodes ill...

Asean plans to explore Rohingya repatriation

Communique to lay emphasis on ‘voluntary, safe return’ from Bangladesh. Despite concerns of genocide and discrimination, leaders of Asean at their summit this week here will explore the possibilities of early but safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state. A statement from the Asean chairman at the...

Asean backs latest Rakhine probe

Asean foreign ministers welcomed the newly established so-called independent commission to investigate human rights violations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Myanmar’s presidential office announced on Monday that it has set up a commission as part of a national initiative to address reconciliation, peace and development in Rakhine. Led by the Philippines’...

Myanmar sets up independent body to investigate claims of human rights violations in Rakhine

The Myanmar government has set up an independent commission to investigate the allegation of human-rights violations in the country’s Rakhine State. Led by the Philippines’ former deputy foreign minister, Rasario Manalo, the Independent Commission of Enquiry was set up as part of a national initiative to address reconciliation, peace and...

UN Human Rights Office expresses dismay at the resumption of death penalty in Thailand

Bangkok (19 June 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deeply regrets the execution of Mr. Theerasak Longji. The United Nations opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances as reiterated by the UN Secretary-General at many occasions. Yesterday evening, the Department of Corrections publicly...

Joint Statement – Burma: ASEAN Must Take Immediate Action to Address the Worsening Conflict and Humanitarian Situation in Burma’s Kachin State

ASEAN Must Take Immediate Action to Address the Worsening Conflict and Humanitarian Situation in Burma’s Kachin State We, the undersigned solidarity and democracy activists and civil society organisations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region express our grave concern over the recent escalation of armed conflict and humanitarian...

Indonesia: Elected as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Indonesia needs to perform its duties to uphold and protect human rights

(Jakarta/Bangkok, 11 June 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) congratulates Indonesia on its successful election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Gaining 144 votes during the elections on 8 June 2018 in New York, Indonesia competed against the Maldives, which...